The wine route “Mansfelder Seen” connects former as well as present wine-growing villages at a length of 25 km between Zappendorf in the Saalekreis and Unterrißdorf in the Mansfelder Land. On main roads and side streets the route passes by the villages of Zappendorf, Langenbogen, Höhnstedt, Seeburg / Rollsdorf, Aseleben, Lüttchendorf / Wormsleben and Unterrißdorf (a fraction of Lutherstadt Eisleben). Those who travel by car will be rewarded with wonderful views of the hilly landscape of Saxony-Anhalt between Halle and Lutherstadt Eisleben.
Wineyards, restaurants and inns as well as viewpoints and sights invite you to take a rest. The regional cuisine together with regional vines can be highly recommended. Bicycle and hiking paths in the neighbourhood of the wine route will lead you to beautiful nature reserves and protected landscapes of the “Tuscany of the East”. Thanks to its climate and its location in the rain shadow of the Harz, as well as the hillside location sheltered from the wind and the heat-storing abilities of the Mansfeld lakes, the most northern wine-growing region of Germany had very good preconditions for its development. The grapes for the numerous rewarded wines grow on the soils of the middle and lower Buntsandstein, partially covered with loess, giving the wines their unique character.
Today the wine region located at 51 degrees and 30 minutes North covers an area of 81 hectare. Höhnstedt, covering an area of 64 hectare, was and still is the biggest wine-growing district of the region. Zappendorf with an area of 42 hectare was the second-biggest wine-growing village. Until 1649, the Händel family, ancestors of the composer G.F. Händel, owned a vineyard here, which has been symbolically re-planted in 1999. Today six privately-owned wineyards in the villages of Höhnstedt, Seeburg and Rollsdorf as well as several big fruit growing farms and about 100 sideline enterprises as members of the Winzervereinigung Freyburg/Unstrut cultivate the vineyards in the Mansfelder Seen region. The dry wines are mostly sold under the name „Höhnstedter Kelterberg“.